Cossayuna-Edward (Ed) Francis Lopez, 82, passed peacefully on Saturday, July 25th at home in Cossayuna with his family at his side.
Ed was born February 18, 1938, in Witherbee, NY, the eldest of 7 children to Anna Teresa (O'Kusky) Lopez and Benjamin Arevalo Lopez. He was a graduate of Keeseville Central School class of 1956. Upon graduation, Ed proudly joined the US Marine Corps noting it was tough, but something everyone should do.
Ed was a worker all his life. He began his construction career with his father and eventually attained 62 years of membership with the Operating Engineers Local 106, now known as Local 158. As a teenager, he began working “setting pins” in the local bowling alley, which may have led to his passion for bowling. Ed was humbly proud of his 256 game/729 triple with O'Connor's Old Station Team. As a life member of the Greenwich Elks Club, Ed was always willing to lend a hand especially showcasing his cooking talents. He will be fondly remembered for his famous Spanish Rice. Ed was an avid hunter and fisherman learning the tricks of the trade from his father, his Polish aunts and uncles. He enjoyed many hunting seasons on the woodlot with his son-in-law. Poppie, as he was affectionately known, took pride in his granddaughters reeling in the big ones at the Lake, watching their school programs and track meets. Ed took credit for teaching his daughter to cook and later enjoyed the benefits of Lori's lessons, especially pumpkin pies and liver pate at Christmas and chocolate anything year-round! Ed was a HUGE NY Yankee fan and enjoyed going to ballgames with his son. While wintering with Libby in New Smyrna Beach, Ed spent many evenings playing cards with friends at the Captain's Quarters, sitting on the balcony overlooking the intracoastal watching the dolphins & manatees, dining out at all the local venues and enjoying the riverboat cruises.
Ed is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth Thygesen Lopez; his daughter, Lori Lopez-Hammond (Lewis) and their children (his granddaughters) Kayli & Kara; his son, Dana Lopez (Jen); his sisters, Carmen (Jerry) Dobbs & Gloria Bennett; his brothers, Steve Lopez, Michael Lopez & Roman Lopez (Lola); his sister-in-law, Barbara Rymph (John); brother-in-law, Warren Thygesen; Aunt Josephine Yelle; Uncles Carl O'Kusky (Joyce) & Constantine “Tooky” O'Kusky; several cousins, nieces & nephews. Ed was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Benjamin Lopez; his brother-in-law, Earl Bennett; his sisters-in-law, Mary Lopez & Diane Lopez; nieces, Chrissy (Dobbs) Doner and Lisa Rymph; and nephew, Benjamin Bennett.
A special thank you to the girls from Fort Hudson Home Care for their compassionate care in his final days.
Friends are invited to call at McClellan-Gariepy Funeral Home, 19 East Broadway, Salem, NY on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, from 11:00 am-12:00 pm; funeral service immediately thereafter. Burial, with military honors, to follow at Woodlands Cemetery, Cambridge, New York.
Please be advised that the gathering size within our funeral home will be based on the most current NYS occupancy requirements. Masks are required, and social distancing is to be observed inside and outside of the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made in Ed's memory to the Veteran's & Community Housing Coalition, 20 Prospect Street, Building 2, Suite 313, Ballston Spa, New York 12020.
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Veteran's and Community Housing Coalition
20 Prospect Street, Building 2, Suite 313, Ballston Spa, NY 12020